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L. Albert Drake Biography This biography is from "Memorial and biographical record; an illustrated compendium of biography, containing a compendium of local biography, including biographical sketches of prominent old settlers and representative citizens of South Dakota..." Published by G. A. Ogle & Co., Chicago, 1899. Page 353 Scan, OCR and editing by Maurice Krueger,mkrueger@iw.net, 1998. This file may be freely copied by individuals and non-profit organizations for their private use. Any other use, including publication, storage in a retrieval system, or transmission by electronic, mechanical, or other means requires the written approval of the file's author. This file is part of the SDGENWEB Archives. If you arrived here inside a frame or from a link from somewhere else, our front door is at rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/sd/sdfiles.htm L. ALBERT DRAKE, register of deeds of Spink county, and one of the pioneer settlers, is well known in his locality, as a gentleman of unquestionable character, and a public-spirited citizen who has aided in the advance of every movement for the welfare of his community Our subject was born in Athens county, Ohio, November 9, 1843, the son of Jonathan and Lydia (Morse) Drake, who were residents of New York for many years, but moved to Ohio, and later, when our subject was but three years of age, they made a home in Boone county, Illinois. Our subject grew to manhood in the Illinois home and on August 5, 1862, enlisted for his country's cause in Company A, Ninety-fifth Volunteer Infantry, being mustered into the United States service September 4, 1862. He served in the siege of Vicksburg with that company, and about a year after entering the service he was changed and promoted to orderly sergeant of the Fifty-eighth United States Colored. Within a few months he was promoted to first lieutenant, and as such was mustered out April 30, 1866. He returned to his home in Boone county, and after one year went to Wisconsin, where he was engaged in the lumber trade. Following this he purchased the old home farm in Boone county, Illinois, from the heirs, and devoted himself to the life of an agriculturist. He went to Doland, Spink county, South Dakota, April 17, 1883, and took land in Capitola township, and now has a well improved farm of four hundred and eighty acres, which he has placed in charge of his son. He had eight head of Jersey cattle when he went to Dakota, and he now has a fine herd of milch and breeding stock, numbering about thirty five head, which is acceded to be among the best dairy herds in the state. A bountiful supply of excellent water, from a well, and pumped by windmill, and a feeding attachment, facilitate the work, and the dairy butter is of the best, and is in itself a source of considerable income. Our subject was married in 1866 to Miss Lydia L. Haskins,. who died in 1898, leaving one son and one daughter, named as follows: Edna A., now Mrs. W. R. Beach, and living on a farm adjoining our subject' and Bion H., who married Miss Bertha Osborn, and is also an agriculturist on land near his father's farm. Mr. Drake is a prominent member of the G. A. R. and the La Dell Lodge, No. 132, of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is a Republican, prohibitionist and equal suffragist, and is well posted on - all the topics of the day and ready to promote any just cause.

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